The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, September 18, 2009

Carlisle Fire Department warns “Stay Fire Smart! Don’t Get Burned.”

Once a child touches a hot stove, as the cliché goes, he learns his lesson – stay away from a hot stove. This cliché does not take into account the pain and suffering from burns, and burns should not be part of the learning process.

That’s why the Carlisle Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) for Fire Prevention Week 2009 – October 4-10 – to urge Carlisle residents to “Stay Fire Smart! Don’t Get Burned.” This year’s campaign focuses on ways to keep homes fire safe and prevent painful burns. Additionally, fire safety educators will be teaching local residents how to plan and practice escape from a home, in case a fire occurs.

The statistics are staggering. Each year roughly 3,000 people die as a result of home fires and burns and more than 200,000 individuals are seen in the nation’s emergency rooms for burn injuries.

“The most common types of burn injuries result from fire or flame burns, scalds and contact burns,” said Fire Chief David Flannery. “When we take extra caution in our homes to ensure that the curling iron is out of children’s reach or pot handles are turned away from the edge of the stove, such injuries are entirely preventable.”

By following simple safety rules, you can stay fire smart and not get burned:

• Keep hot foods and liquids away from tables and counter edges so they cannot be pulled or knocked over.

• Have a three-foot “kid-free” zone around the stove.

• Never hold a child in your arms while preparing hot food or drinking a hot beverage.

• Be careful when using things that get hot, such as curling irons, ovens, irons, lamps and heaters.

• Install tamper-resistant receptacles to prevent a child from sticking an object into an electrical outlet.

• Never leave a child alone in a room with a lit candle, a portable heater, a lit fireplace or stove, or where a hot appliance might be in use.

• Wear short or close-fitting sleeves when cooking.

• Set your hot water temperature no higher than 120 degrees.

• Install anti-scald valves on shower heads and faucets.

Fire Prevention Week has been actively supported by fire departments across the country for 85 years, making it the longest running public health and safety observance on record.

For more information on the “Stay Fire Smart! Don’t Get Burned” program,

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